Thanks to the earnest and genuine emotional current running through the majority of Taylor Swift’s songs, we have a pretty good understanding about what life experiences shape her songwriting.
But for those interested in the full stories behind her songs, particularly those on her latest chart-topping album Red, Swift puts everything out in the open for the benefit of the very enthusiastic audience on hand for her “VH1 Storytellers” taping at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.
Thanks to our friends at VH1, we have a sneak peek of one of the featured stories in the episode: the story behind the title track and the relationship that inspired it.
“This is unlike any show I will ever play again and have ever played before,” Swift tells the crowd after introducing herself. “I recently wrote an album called Red and I am holding a guitar that is also red. The song that I wrote was about this relationship that I had that was the worst thing ever and the best thing ever at the same time. I was writing this song and I was thinking about correlating the colors to different feelings I was going through.”Will any artist top the explosive debut of Taylor Swift’s Red?
Swift said she finds the different shades of red particularly useful symbols for all different kinds of emotions, whether they are good or bad.
“Emotions like daring, passion, love, affection, and the other side: jealousy and anger and frustration and ’You didn’t call me back and I need space.’ What I ended up doing was writing a song that I hope you want to hear right now called ’Red.’ ”
Don’t miss Taylor Swift’s “VH1 Storytellers” when it premieres Sunday at 11 p.m. ET.